Ewa Nowicki assumed the role of the college’s new registrar on Jan. 8, according to an email announcement sent by Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein to the college community on Jan. 5.

The search committee for the new registrar was impressed “with the skills and experience that Ewa will bring to her important role at the college, her dedication to the liberal arts mission and her commitment to the equity and inclusion of underrepresented communities in higher education,” Epstein wrote.

Haile E. Cole is a visiting assistant professor of anthropology and consortium for faculty diversity scholar. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

Renowned writer and activist Shaun King spoke at the college on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The talk, attended and live-streamed by members of the Amherst and Five College communities and the public, was organized by the Amherst College Democrats and co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, Women’s and Gender Center, Queer Resource Center, Muslim Students’ Association, La Causa and the Roosevelt Institute at Amherst College.

Amherst College filed an amicus brief on Sept. 7 supporting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in a lawsuit filed against the university in 2011 by the family of Han Duy Nguyen, a doctoral student who died by suicide in 2009. The family is suing the institution, two professors and an associate dean, claiming that they did not do enough to help Nguyen even though they had known for months that he had ongoing mental health issues.

Applications to become an orientation leader (OL) for the next academic year opened on Nov. 27. Past OLs, however, have voiced concerns about the future of the program — the number of OLs were cut in half this past summer, increasing individuals’ workload, but the position remains an unpaid one.

According to the Amherst College website, “orientation leaders are expected to be representative of the campus community, knowledgeable of campus resources and supportive of first-years and their guests.”

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released 13.4 million financial documents, termed the Paradise Papers, on Nov. 5 that name more than 100 other educational institutions, including Amherst College, as having had investments in offshore accounts.

There are a wide variety of uses for offshore accounts, including the ability to invest money in fossil fuels or avoiding taxes on endowments, according to The New York Times.

Andrea Quiles-Sanchez ’18 is a sexuality, women’s and gender studies and psychology double major. Quiles-Sanchez’s thesis explores causes for depression within the Latino community. Her advisor is Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Sahar Sadjadi.